March 3, 2012
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Following the first and second sessions of the 2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships Saturday at Mackey Arena, the Wisconsin wrestling team sits in 12th place with nine points. Minnesota is in first place with 117 points, followed by Iowa with 112.5 points and Penn State with 111 points.
Freshman Austin Hietpas (125 lbs.) and No. 12 seed redshirt sophomore Cole Tobin (Hwt.) remain in contention for seventh place, while No. 12 seed redshirt freshman Frank Cousins (174 lbs.) will wrestle an extra match for a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Competition continues on Sunday.
Tobin represents the Badgers as the only wrestler to automatically qualify for the NCAA championships following the first day of competition at the Big Ten championships. Tobin dropped his first match of the day to Northwestern’s No. 5 seed Mike McMullan, but defeated Michigan’s No. 3 seed Ben Apland in the first round of wrestlebacks by a 7-1 decision. Tobin faces Nebraska’s No. 4 seed Tucker Lane in the seventh place match on Sunday after losing to Michigan State’s No. 10 seed Steve Andrus in the quarterfinal round of wrestlebacks.
Hietpas lost his first match of the day to Purdue’s No. 7 seed Camden Eppert by a 12-4 major decision, knocking him down to the wrestlebacks. In his first wrestleback, Hietpas upset Michigan State’s No. 8 seed Brenan Lyon by an 8-4 decision, claiming his first victory of the season. Hietpas wrestles Ohio State’s No. 6 seed Johnni DiJulius on Sunday for seventh place after being shut out by Northwestern’s No. 5 seed Levi Mele in a 12-0 major decision.
Cousins was eliminated from the Big Ten championships after losing his first two matches at 174 lbs., but won an extra match, giving him a chance to automatically qualify for the NCAA championships at his weight class. Cousins fell to Ohio State’s No. 5 seed Nick Heflin in the first round by a 14-3 major decision, followed by a 4-0 loss to Michigan State’s Curran Jacobs. In his extra match, Cousins defeated Nebraska’s No. 7 seed Tyler Koehn by a 13-9 decision, advancing him to face Indiana’s No. 10 seed Ryan Leblanc for a chance to automatically qualify for the ninth spot in his weight class.
No. 4 seed senior Ben Jordan was the lone Badger to win his first round bout, defeating Purdue’s Kyle Mosier by a 3-2 decision at 165 lbs. Jordan was then upset by Illinois’ No. 5 seed Conrad Polz in an 8-6 decision and then lost his first wrestleback to Michigan State’s David Cheza by a 7-3 decision. Jordan did not automatically qualify for the NCAA championships, but his record and RPI indicate that he is a likely candidate for a wild card spot in his weight class.
At 197 lbs., redshirt sophomore Jackson Hein wrapped up his season after facing the toughest draw of any Badger. Hein lost his first round bout to No. 2 seed Indiana’s Matt Powless by a 6-3 decision and then fell to Minnesota’s No. 1 seed Sonny Yohn in the wrestlebacks. Hein ends his season as Wisconsin’s 197 lbs. starter with a 10-12 record.
Junior Shane McQuade ends his 2011-12 season after going 0-2 at the Big Ten championships at 133 lbs. McQuade dropped his first match to Ohio State’s No. 1 seed Logan Stieber by pin at 2:43. He then lost his only wrestleback bout to Nebraska’s No. 7 seed Ridge Kiley by a 14-0 major decision. McQuade posted a 5-19 record as Wisconsin’s starter at 125 and 133 lbs. this season.
Redshirt freshman Thomas Glenn also wrapped up his season at the Big Ten championships, losing both of his matches at 141 lbs. Glenn fell to Penn State’s No. 8 seed Bryan Pearsall in the opening round by a pin at 1:39, followed by an 8-5 loss to Purdue’s Brandon Nelsen in wrestlebacks. Glenn finishes the 2011-12 season with a 0-20 record as UW’s 141 lbs. starter.
No. 12 seed freshman Frank Baer was knocked out of the Big Ten championships after going 0-2 on the first day of competition at 149 lbs. Baer lost both of his matches by pin, first falling to Ohio State’s No. 5 seed Cam Tessari at 3:19 and then to Indiana’s No. 6 seed Taylor Walsh at 3:55 in the wrestlebacks. Baer also participated in an extra match for a chance at an automatic qualifying position for the NCAA tournament, but lost by pin to Michigan State’s No. 9 seed Dan Osterman. Baer posted a 0-5 record as the Badgers’ 149 lbs. starter.
Redshirt sophomore Shawn Perry was also eliminated from the Big Ten championships after losing both of his matches at 157 lbs. Perry dropped his first match to Nebraska’s No. 3 seed James Green in a 15-2 major decision, followed by a 12-4 major decision loss to Ohio State’s No. 5 seed Josh Demas. Perry finishes the 2011-12 season with a 9-16 record as Wisconsin’s starter at 157 lbs.
Redshirt freshman Timmy McCall also ended his 2011-12 season after going 0-2 on the first day of competition at the Big Ten championships at 184 lbs. McCall lost his first match by a 16-1 technical fall against Minnesota’s No. 1 seed Kevin Steinhaus, followed by an 11-2 major decision to Illinois No. 7 seed Tony Dallago in the first round of wrestlebacks. McCall posted an 8-17 record as UW’s 184 lbs. starter.
Cousins’ extra match, along with the other automatic qualifying bouts will be wrestled at 12 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, followed by the consolation semifinals and seventh place matches in session III. All first, third and fifth place matches will take place during session IV, which begins at 2 p.m. (CT).
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